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  • COVID-19 and your child's mental health

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    COVID-19 and your child's mental health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, including kids and teens. Disruptions to routines, changes at school, and isolation from friends and family can take a toll on kids' mental health. Add in the health challenges and other uncertainties that many families face, and it's easy to understand why children may be feeling overwhelmed.

  • COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

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    COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

    As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many people are hopeful that we’re one step closer to ending the pandemic. But there are also many questions about the vaccines, such as how do they work, are they safe and when will they be available for everyone?

  • Indoor and at-home exercises for kids

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    Indoor and at-home exercises for kids

    Regular physical activity is an important part of overall health, especially for growing children. Being active not only improves a child's physical health, it also offers cognitive and emotional benefits such as improving attention span and mental well-being.

  • How to care for your child's face mask

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    How to care for your child's face mask

    In schools across Texas, all children ages 10 or older are required to wear masks throughout the school day, following the governor's executive order. Many parents have questions about how to clean face masks, how many their children should have on hand and how to get their children to wear face masks and keep them on.

  • Do face masks prevent coronavirus?

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    Do face masks prevent coronavirus?

    As cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rise, many families are looking for information on the best ways to prevent its spread and to stay healthy. Researchers and health care officials are actively working to understand more about this pandemic, and new information is released every day.

  • 7 tips to help your child wear a face mask

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    7 tips to help your child wear a face mask

    As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, it’s important to take steps to stay healthy, such as frequently washing hands and practicing social distancing. One important precaution families should take is wearing a face mask in public, especially in situations where social distancing is difficult.

  • How to support athletes through changes during COVID-19

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    How to support athletes through changes during COVID-19

    When cases of COVID-19 first began to spread across the U.S., young athletes had to adjust quickly to online school – and a canceled spring sports season. Now, as schools navigate reopening, athletes are still adjusting and tentatively preparing for a new sports season.

  • Healthy New Year's resolutions during COVID-19

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    Healthy New Year's resolutions during COVID-19

    2020 was a difficult year for many families. Months of navigating social distancing, changes and disappointments have left many people feeling mentally and physically drained.

  • When to keep children home sick from school or daycare

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    When to keep children home sick from school or daycare

    In the past, your child could go to school, even if their nose was stuffed or runny. But as we continue to live in a world with COVID-19, you might be wondering – is it really a cold? Is it safe for my child to go to school? What if they test positive for COVID-19?

  • Holidays and COVID-19: 6 tips to stay healthy

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    Holidays and COVID-19: 6 tips to stay healthy

    The holidays are usually filled with festivities and gatherings with friends and family, but this year, celebrations will look different – especially as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

  • Coronavirus vs. flu: What parents should know

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    Coronavirus vs. flu: What parents should know

    Every fall and winter, parents prepare for flu season and take steps to protect their family. This year, COVID-19 is causing unique concerns and questions, including how to tell the difference between the two respiratory illnesses.

  • Talking to your child about coronavirus

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    Talking to your child about coronavirus

    Whether through news reports, social media, school communications or from friends, it’s likely your child will hear about the new coronavirus, named Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. With so much being discovered about this virus, it can be normal for children to have questions or feel anxious about what they’re hearing.

  • 8 tips for managing children's anxiety about COVID-19

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    8 tips for managing children's anxiety about COVID-19

    Many families are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives because of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). With all the unknowns that come with a new virus, it's normal to feel anxious about the "what ifs" and the future.

  • 5 ways coronavirus can affect children

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    5 ways coronavirus can affect children

    As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged – and with it, many questions and fears – one comfort for many parents has been that so far, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. There has been more focus on people ages 65 and older, as early data suggests that they are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • How athletes can safely return to sports after social distancing

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    How athletes can safely return to sports after social distancing

    Whenever an athlete takes extended time away from training and play, such as during recovery from a sports injury, it’s important to take steps to safely return to play. Athletes of all ages recently faced a unique situation when spring sports seasons were cut short due to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • How young athletes can stay active while social distancing

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    How young athletes can stay active while social distancing

    With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), families around the world are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives. Communities are taking actions to stay safe, including practicing social distancing measures, canceling events and temporarily closing schools.

  • 6 tips for a successful virtual visit

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    6 tips for a successful virtual visit

    Getting sick is never convenient, but with virtual visit, seeing a health care provider can be. Virtual visits are a quick and easy way to see a health care provider without needing to visit a doctor's office. See six tips to help you have a successful virtual appointment and get the care you or your family member needs.

  • What parents should know about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and COVID-19

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    What parents should know about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and COVID-19

    With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), researchers have been dedicated to learning more about how this new virus spreads, symptoms and possible ways to treat illness. Early data suggest that symptoms of COVID-19 are often respiratory and that children are not at increased risk for severe illness. However, new concerns are being raised about an unusual inflammatory response in children that may be related to coronavirus.

  • The importance of hand washing for kids

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    The importance of hand washing for kids

    Cleaning your hands – either with soap and water or by using hand sanitizer – may seem like a small action, but it’s one that can have a significant impact on your health.

  • 6 tips to prevent COVID-19 and other viruses

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    6 tips to prevent COVID-19 and other viruses

    As kids head back to school each year, they are at an increased risk of catching a virus. This year, there's the added fear that children may get COVID-19 while in the classroom if they return to school in-person.

  • 8 tips for managing screen time during COVID-19

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    8 tips for managing screen time during COVID-19

    Ever try to make a work call with children underfoot? No doubt, this has been a common experience as families stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Many parents have had their hands full as they try to work, manage household chores and perform the job of homeschool teacher.

  • 6 tips for healthy eating at home

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    6 tips for healthy eating at home

    Most of the time, eating at home makes it easier to choose healthy options than eating out. However, if you are home all day without a regular schedule, you may find it hard to resist frequent, unhealthy snacks and more difficult to take time out for a nutritious meal.

  • 4 tips to help kids cope with disappointment during COVID-19

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    4 tips to help kids cope with disappointment during COVID-19

    When the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first took place, it may have been hard to comprehend the impact. Children and teens may have even felt some excitement about the extra time away from school or for the break in routine.

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